3 Tips for First Time Digital Nomads

Making your first foray as a digital nomad can be scary, but it doesn’t have to. It all boils down to being thoroughly prepared and knowing what to do and not do while you’re abroad to ensure your security and well-being. Here are three crucial tips every first-time digital nomad should live by.

Find Great Workspaces

If you’re going to a tropical locale, you’ll find out soon enough how difficult working under the blazing sun can be. Finding a great working space is essential if you want to be productive. Try to find hubs around the city and don’t be afraid to ask recommendations from other fellow nomads on message boards. Local reviews are also a great way to find great spots to work. Choose a destination with plenty of co-working spaces; these are the best if you’re really trying to get work done as they are full of other expats who will guide you around.

Know your Most Productive Times

If you’re a student and are trying to work on assignments, knowing which times of the day you’re most productive is essential if you want to get work done. For some people, working during the day is just too difficult because of the distractions, so they prefer to work in the evening. If you’re enrolled in an online MMLIS program, make sure that you choose a self-paced MMLIS degree that will allow you the flexibility to work at your own pace and during your own hours.

Use the Proper Set of Tools

Working as a digital nomad at the other end of the globe means that you’ll have to deal with many logistical challenges when working with clients. The first thing you should do is install Google’s world clock calendar. This will allow you to keep track of your client’s time zones. Also, I recommend that you switch from Skype to Google Hangouts. Google Hangout’s call quality is much better and much more professional. Also, the Skype video option is difficult to access and is limited to only one person when communicating with someone who has a basic account. Google Hangouts allows you to communicate with multiple interlocutors easily and it doesn’t cost a dime.

Another overlooked tool that you’ll need when traveling abroad is an ethernet adaptor. Many countries still don’t have accessible wireless WIFI. There are even major conference rooms and hotels that don’t offer WIFI access. An ethernet adaptor might come in handy if you find yourself in a working space where everybody is competing for bandwidth.


Living as a digital nomad can be a wonderful experience if you’re prepared correctly. Make sure that you find great workspaces that will allow you to be productive and reach your objectives. Also, make sure that you understand at which times of the day you are most productive so you can be more efficient and organize your activities accordingly. And last, but not least, make sure you have the proper tools at your disposition, including an ethernet connector in case you only have access to a hard line internet connection.


  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    A very interesting post, I’ve not heard the expression digital nomad before. I also didn’t realise that Google Hangouts was much better than Skype, which I used to use but gave up as from here the quality was so bad.

Speak Your Mind